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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson continued his stellar season with a strong game against the Jaguars. Watson did not take many risks in this game, but he kept making good decisions be that either with his arm or with his legs.
While Carlos Hyde‘s performance will be remembered for his fumble at the goal line at the end of a long run in the fourth quarter, he had a solid game against his former team. Hyde was a big-play threat throughout the game, as he had multiple runs of more than 40 yards.
Cornerback Gareon Conley had one of the best games of his career, as he showed what the Texans expected from him when they traded for him two weeks ago. Conley had multiple pass breakups, including a big play against Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley on a fourth-down pass attempt late in the game.
Although linebacker Bernardrick McKinney was credited with just three tackles on the day, he was all over the field and made his impact felt both in pass coverage and run defense.
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew had a solid start to his afternoon, but things started to unravel as he had to play from behind, and he tried to force throws to keep his side within reach. Minshew had two overthrows that turned into interceptions in the fourth quarter, while he also had two fumbles and was responsible for multiple pressures on the day.
One of the main reasons behind the offense's disappointing day was the fact that they were unable to get wide receiver D.J. Chark going. Chark struggled to separate on multiple plays, which resulted in a couple of pass breakups on throws that targeted him.
Even when the Jaguars were able to generate pressure, they were unable to sack quarterback Deshaun Watson. Defensive lineman Calais Campbell recorded Jacksonville's lone sack and was one of the few bright spots on the Jaguars defense, as he made plays in both the pass-rush and in run defense.
Besides Campbell, it was fellow defensive lineman Taven Bryan who consistently made plays on the Jaguars' defense. The second-year player wasn't very productive as a pass-rusher, but he made up for it with multiple good plays against the run.